Northern Express - March 20, 2023

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Histories & Mysteries

- Did downtown Traverse City once have a trolley car?

- What are the most haunted sites in northern Michigan?

- Why did Manistee catch fire in October 1871?

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All of Us Everywhere

Imagine that we’re all living right here, in nicely seasonal northern Michigan. Things have been pretty much the same for decades—things like the weather, crops, jobs, travel, etc. It’s a scramble for some folks, but by and large things are okay.

Now imagine that people south of us in the tropics are much more resource-rich— lots of fertile land, clean water, abundant coal, oil, and gas—and live in great comfort and style. But somehow, on this imaginary planet, living like that—high on the hog—is slowly but surely lowering temperatures all over the earth. (In fact, on this imaginary planet, some folks everywhere live that way.)

And this cooling influences ocean currents and shifts the jet streams—factors determining climate in northern Michigan and theirs down south. Our winters are very noticeably becoming longer and more severe—nastier blizzards, ferociously strong winds off the bay—changes that are good for ski resorts and folks who fancy ice-skating to Petoskey (or Milwaukee), but disabling to our economy and terrible for the growing season. Too much like Siberia for cherries, grapes, and practically everything else we grow here now.

Most people decide to leave, head south, and try for a decent life. But folks in the tropics are beginning to notice the changes in their seasons, the slight cooling of their higher-to-begin-with temperatures, and they don’t like the sense that things are shifting, unpredictable. They don’t want the added burden of taking in all us cold, hungry people.

What should they do with us, the crowd at their northern border?

And what will it take for all of us everywhere on this imaginary planet to begin to live lives that keep Mother Earth the Mother Earth we love?

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Growing a Gorgeous Garden

Is anyone else getting the itch to get out in the garden? (Come on, spring—do your thing!) The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park is here to feed your garden fever with their “Designing a Garden Good Enough to Eat” class on Sunday, March 26. Led by Botanic Garden director Matthew Ross, this four-hour workshop will walk you through techniques to “create your own backyard grocery store,” focusing on designing your garden and picking out edible plants that will thrive in spring, summer, and fall. Attendees will also get to go home with a selection of “weird and wild edible plant seeds” to sow once the ground warms up. Tickets are $49 for Botanic Garden members and $59 for the general public. You can find more details at and buy tickets by heading to and searching “botanic garden Traverse City.”

Maple Weekend Fun

Northern Lower Michigan celebrates our Michigan Maple Weekend 2023 on March 25-26. A local spot celebrating is Out of the Woods Farm in Rapid City. Head there Saturday between 10am and 4pm to take a farm tour, learn about the maple process, sample products, and purchase your favorites to take home. (That includes maple syrup, sugar, cream, candy, and fresh maple cotton candy.) Admission is free. Find “MI Maple Weekend – Out of the Woods Farm” on Facebook.


Hey, read It! The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi

Pirates and demons, magic and mayhem, kidnapping and backstabbing…it’s all in New York Times bestselling author Shannon Chakraborty’s new novel, The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi . Protagonist Amina is cunning, brave, and snarky… all good attributes for a legendary pirate. She’s also now a mother in her forties who retired from life on the high seas to keep her family safe. But she’s drawn back into the life of piracy when the daughter of a former shipmate goes missing under mysterious— and perhaps mystical—circumstances. Chakraborty’s dismantling of age, gender, and societal expectations pairs perfectly with a rollicking plot and big-screenworthy action scenes. Part historical fiction (the novel is set in the ports and waters of the Indian Ocean in the 12th century) and part fantasy, the tale is nothing short of swashbuckling, with characters and settings that leap to life on the page as though you were breathing that same sea air.


There’s a lot to love at Frankfort’s Dos Arboles, the sister restaurant of Birch & Maple (which is conveniently located next door). The from-scratch kitchen, the authentic Mexican dishes, and the tequila options are all high on our list. But the gold star this week goes to the restaurant’s Cubano Chimichanga ($16), which combines two equally delicious dish inspirations into one unforgettable meal. On the Cubano side, you get Black Forest ham, spicy pickles in lieu of the traditional cucumbers, baby Swiss cheese, and a Dijonaise dipping sauce. The Chimichanga twist adds house carnitas—braised pork shoulder with jalapeños, pickled cabbage, queso fresco, and sweet pepper aioli—and a deep fried flour tortilla to hold it all together. Pair it with a side of chips and queso or guac, and you’ll be in food fusion heaven. Get yours at 735 Main Street in Frankfort. (231) 399-0770,

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6 An Indiana Jones Adventure

It’s our Histories & Mysteries issue, and what could bring those two things together more perfectly than an Indiana Jones-themed escape room? The Cadillac Wexford Public Library is hosting the adventure for kids ages 8 to 12 on Saturday, March 25, from 11am to 3pm. (That includes four one-hour sessions for the escape room starting 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.) The promo for the event welcomes attendees to “use your wits to avoid becoming another adventurer lost to the wild.” No word on whether there will be holy grails, ancient evil, or Indiana’s dreaded snakes… you’ll just have to grab your fedora, leather jacket, and boots to find out! The escape room experience is free to attend, but sign-up is required. To register, call (231) 775-6541 and ask for the Children’s Room. Find more details at, and attend the event at 411 S. Lake St. in Cadillac.

Stuff We Love: Electric Ferry Service

Mackinac Island ferries cruise back and forth across the Straits dozens of times per day in the high season, carrying as many as 16,500 visitors to and fro. In a diesel ferry’s lifetime, all those trips equate to thousands of tons of fuel and emissions. The Mackinac Island Ferry Company (MIFC, previously known as Star Line) is taking steps to go greener with help from a $3 million grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). MIFC will be replacing two 1988 diesel engines with electric motors on one of their ferries, The Chippewa, part of a multi-year pilot project for the eventual electrification of nearly 30 ferries. Per EGLE, the shift to electric will reduce “greenhouse gas emissions by 14,152 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents and 887 metric tons of nitrogen oxides over the boat’s lifetime.” For more information, visit and navigate to their Fuel Transportation Program page.

What’s Your Favorite Meal in NoMi?

Northern Express is gearing up for our Spring Restaurant Guide, and that means it’s time to feature five more amazing local dishes in our 2023 edition of Northern Michigan’s Most Iconic Eats. Each year, we gather recommendations from foodies and readers about the best eats in the area. We’ve covered the White Cheddar Ale Soup at North Peak, the Petaled Brussels Sprouts at Corner Bistro, the Dry Aged Tomahawk Ribeye at Vernales, the Chubby Mary at The Cove, and the Chicken Pot Pie at amical—just to name a few. Where should we go next, and what should we eat? Tell us about the best meal in your town by dropping us a line at We’ll be taking recommendations through April 1 for restaurants in our 13-county coverage area: Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Kalkaska, Crawford, Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Cheboygan. Bon appétit!

bottoms up 45 North Vineyard’s Foodie Flight

What tops the perfect local wine flight? How about one that comes with snacks? Through March, 45 North Vineyard & Winery is joining forces with The Cheese Lady (Traverse City) to curate the ultimate wine-and-cheese tasting as part of their monthly Foodie Flight, and we can’t think of anything cheddar! The series begins with 45 Red—that’s a softly-oaked Merlot and Cab Franc blend—paired with a creamy English cheddar, followed by the offdry Red Barn Red with a nutty Spanish Mahon. The decadent, port-style Northpor+ (aged for three years in whiskey barrels) rounds out the trio along with a tangy blueberry Stilton. Mix and match morsels and sips as you please, but be sure to start your sample in order to get the biggest bang for your bite. Enjoy each month’s Foodie Flight ($22) at 45 North Vineyard and Winery (8580 E. Horn Rd., Lake Leelanau). Psst—ice cream is on deck for August! (231) 271-1188,

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California is about to approve the payment of reparations to people who can prove they are the descendants of slaves. This might be a good time to look at slavery’s ugly history.

As long as there has been recorded history, there have been references to slavery, starting with the earliest city-states of Mesopotamia around 6800 BCE, a staggering 8,800+ years ago. We know those slaves were captured enemies forced to work and refusal to do so was usually met with execution.

Jump ahead a few thousand years to 2575 BCE and the Egyptians became one of the

altogether, has an extremely interesting connection on both sides of the issue. While 1526 saw the first African slaves on North American soil, it was also, not coincidentally, the year of the first slave revolt. Then, in 1539, Hernando de Soto defeated Timucuan warriors in Florida, and when they refused to be enslaved, he ordered the execution of 200 people in the first recorded massacre of indigenous North Americans by European explorers. On the other hand, in 1687, Florida became the first place to emancipate escaped slaves, and, in 1735, Florida became home to the first settlement of free Blacks. There is more than enough history there to

It would be nice if we could say slavery is behind us, but it still exists in many forms in many locations. According to the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery produced by the International Labor Organization, there are some 50 million people worldwide in some form of slavery today.

earliest civilizations to go in search of slaves, sending armies up the Nile to capture and enslave victims for their massive building projects. The common thread of most early slavery, both in Europe and what is now Central and South America, was whatever side had the misfortune of losing a battle or a war was likely to be enslaved or simply killed. It was a scourge that infected even so-called advanced societies; the city-state of Athens used as many as 30,000 slaves in around 550 BCE, mostly captured in warfare or piracy on the Mediterranean, though some were obtained through trade. Human beings had become a commodity to be traded for grain or livestock or sold for cash.

And those enslaved were not always what we would call minorities today. Native Britons were enslaved by conquering Anglo-Saxon marauders in around 500 CE. Within another 500 years, slavery, often as a result of debt, was commonplace in rural communities in England.

It wasn’t until 1444 that Portuguese traders brought the first large cargo of West African slaves to England, the beginning of more race-specific slavery. Unfortunately, slave traders found eager partners in African tribal leaders willing to sell those they had captured in battles. Some African clan and tribal leaders actually went on raids to specifically capture humans they could sell to the slave traders.

And nobody was inclined to do much to stop what had become a growing business of human trafficking. There isn’t even much evidence many thought it was wrong, and the practice was easily exported to the New World.

In 1526, Spanish explorer Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon brought as many as 100 African slaves to what is now Florida long before their infamous importation to Virginia.

Florida, whose politicians would rather their children ignore slavery and racism

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We also should remember slavery was not just a phenomenon of the South, though it would eventually become that. In 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to legalize slavery. In fact, slavery was legal in all 13 colonies; 41 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and 10 of our first 12 presidents were all slave owners. (Only John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, did not own slaves.) Between 1526 and 1866, more than 10 million African slaves were sent to the United States, most of whom had been captured in battle, kidnapped, or were in debt.

As the horrors of the Civil War neared, most northern states had outlawed slavery altogether, but the entire economy of the South was slave-dependent. By 1860, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina all had more than 400,000 slaves. It would be nice if we could say slavery is behind us, but it still exists in many forms in many locations. According to the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery produced by the International Labor Organization, there are some 50 million people worldwide in some form of slavery today. Most are captured in border skirmishes, victims of kidnapping, indentured servants, or in forced marriages.

California’s Reparations Task Force plans to address our slavery history with the most American of solutions—money. Black Californians who can prove they are descendants of slaves might receive a onetime payment of as much as $360,000. The overall price tag on such a program would be around $640 billion.

It’s not clear how that will improve schools, neighborhoods, jobs, or do anything to reverse the bigotry that still exists. We aren’t going to buy our way out of racism or the leftover stench of slavery no matter how much we spend.

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Cannabis: What’s in a Name?

It’s been known as pot, weed, grass, ganja, dope, reefer, and Mary Jane, but its most common names are cannabis or marijuana. When it comes to the right name, the history of this plant may get a little hazy. The centuries-old etymology of cannabis and marijuana/marihuana is hard to decipher to provide the exact origins of the terms we use today.

From 1910 to 1920, the United States saw tens of thousands of Mexicans immigrating to the southwest in the wake of the Mexican Civil War. The influx of immigration escalated anti-Mexican immigrant sentiment and a campaign of “reefer madness” among white Americans, fueled by the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger. His campaign against cannabis led to the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, under which the importation, cultivation, possession, and/or distribution of marijuana were regulated.

Anslinger’s propaganda campaigns created racist narratives, implying those who smoked marijuana were of an inferior race and were more likely to engage in sexual promiscuity and violence. By adopting the Spanish word “marihuana,” rather than the already widely-used “cannabis,” Anslinger and other prohibition supporters were intentionally connecting the use of marijuana by brown and black people to fabricated dangerous effects of the drug.

The recent push to use “cannabis” instead of “marijuana” has been prevalent in today’s modern industry. As the number of states legalizing marijuana increases, the debate on marijuana’s racially-charged etymology becomes more and more prevalent.

However, there is still some argument that changing the terminology to “cannabis” isn’t scientifically correct. “Cannabis” or “cannabis sativa L.” refers to the entire plant, and it consists of different strains. One strain, hemp, is the non-psychoactive variety of the plant. Hemp is used in making commercial and industrial products like rope, clothing, shoes, food, paper, or natural pain relief. Marijuana refers to the psychoactive strain of cannabis that contains THC. In other words, it’s the strain that people smoke.

Whatever name you use, it’s a good idea to understand where the word came from. If you’re not sure how you want to refer to reefer, check out your nearest Dunegrass location to help you decide.

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Wait What?

The Exmoor Squirrel Project, a conservation endeavor in the United Kingdom aimed at saving the native red squirrel, has proposed that people set live traps for the non-native grey squirrel and that restaurants serve its meat, the BBC reported on Feb. 28. "Our woodlands, landscape and the biodiversity isn't set up to deal with the behaviors of the grey," said the group's manager, Kerry Hosegood. "We're going to introduce them to restaurants in the Exmoor area because they actually make for good eating," she added. "This isn't something that we like to do ... just target greys ... It's a very serious project." She said the grey squirrels have caused about 40 million pounds' worth of damage to trees annually.

Suspicions Confirmed

Madison County (Illinois) coroner Steve Nonn solved a nearly year-old mystery on March 2 when he released the results of an autopsy on Richard Maedge of Troy, Illinois. Maedge's wife, Jennifer, had reported him missing in late April last year after he failed to come home from work, KTVI-TV reported. His car, wallet and keys were at the house, but she couldn't find him. Police searched the house, which they described as a "hoarder home," but did not locate him. In fact, they searched twice, as Jennifer was also looking for the source of a "sewerlike" odor in the dwelling. Finally, on Dec. 11, as Jennifer pulled out Christmas decorations from a concealed storage space, she discovered Richard's mummified body. The coroner ruled that Maedge hanged himself and that there was no foul play in his death.

News You Can Use

Mushrooms have been in the news a lot lately, but you probably didn't know that Texas has a state mushroom: the Devil's Cigar or Texas Star. KXAN-TV reported that the Lone Star State's designated fungi is ultrarare, growing only on decomposing cedar elm or oak tree stumps and roots in the U.S. and Japan. It comes out of the earth in a cylindrical shape, then "will open up into a three- to eightpointed star," said Angel Schatz of the Central Texas Mycological Society. That's when it releases its spores and sometimes hisses. "It is a very cool mushroom to have as our state mushroom," Schatz said.


Kansans take their tornado sirens seriously, so it was no surprise that on March 4 in the Wichita suburb of Park City, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to mark the reinstallation of the city's oldest Thunderbolt siren, KSNW-TV reported. The sirens are remnants of the Cold War, and four of them are still in service in Sedgwick County. "About a year ago, we took them down, had them refurbished, and put them back up in our system," explained Jonathan Marr, deputy director for Sedgwick County Emergency Management. The feted siren had been in use for 70 years.

It's Come to This

Tattoo artist Dean Gunther of Manchester, United Kingdom, has made one man's body goals come true: He's inked

a ripped six-pack on the man's torso, freeing the man from eating right and exercising more, the Daily Mail reported on March 6. "He decided that by getting a six-pack tattoo, he will always look summer-ready while still being able to enjoy beer and good food," Gunther said of his customer. The artistic tat took two days to complete.

Compelling Explanation

At a preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior Court on March 6, police officers offered testimony about a Feb. 1 incident in which Dmitri Mishin fired a replica gun inside a synagogue, The San Francisco Standard reported. As officers interrogated Mishin, he explained that the shooting was an act of prayer he was giving for his neighbor's bird. Mishin, who pleaded not guilty, told officers he lives on a submarine and talks with North Korean and Japanese leaders, and that weapons found in his home were movie props. After the shooting at the synagogue, he waved goodbye and left. Unsurprisingly, this isn't Mishin's first run-in with the law; his mother testified that he suffers from mental illness. The hearing was ongoing.

Pick on Somebody Your Own Size

David Jimenez, 65, of Maui, Hawaii, was arrested on March 6 for "pursuing a humpback whale," CBS News reported. Jimenez, who calls himself Dolphin Dave, was allegedly harassing the whale and dolphins in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, where he was snorkeling. Jimenez was unrepentant, though: He told officers "he's not going to stop swimming with whales and dolphins 'because it's magical and others do much worse things.'" Humpback whales are protected under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Bright Idea

In China, women modeling lingerie for online retailers violates the country's rules about spreading obscene material, Insider reported on March 1. Instead, underwear companies are hiring men to model the clothing -- and it's working out better than you might think. "The guy wears it better than the girl," one online commenter posted. Others argue that the restrictions are "depriving women of job opportunities." "We don't really have a choice," said one business owner, Mr. Xu. "The designs can't be modeled by our female colleagues, so we will use our male colleagues to model it."

It's Good To Have a Hobby

You missed it again. Key West, Florida's annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest took place on March 4, with Carol Whiteley of Ontario, Canada, winning the women's division and Brian Cardis of Macon, Georgia, taking the men's top prize. Entrants of all ages were judged on quality, novelty, duration and loudness, the Associated Press reported. Michael and Georgann Wachter from Avon Lake, Ohio, impressed the audience with a shell and vocal duet of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog." Whiteley said she toots her shell to celebrate sunsets at her riverside home. Time to start practicing for next year!

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Candidate Trump is on the campaign trail once more, displaying his knack for riffing on any topic that pops into his head. At this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Coalition) convention speech, he went all out with his “greatest hits” of grievances, bullying, belittling, and bragging. Most of his claims were quickly fact checked and found to be either false or grossly exaggerated.

This is a well-worn page from the Trump playbook. His outrageous claims get aired repeatedly in the media. Sure, they’re often labeled false, but they’re repeated nonetheless. If you miss it on cable, you’re bound to hear it on talk radio or a local TV news station, over 800 of which are now controlled by eight media giants. Falsehoods get stuck in people’s heads as a nagging thought, “I heard that somewhere” or “some people are saying.”

As fast as successful solar, wind, and transmission projects are being launched in many states, opposition groups are cropping up nearby and pressuring local officials to enact delays or bans. Some of the opposition is fed by misinformation spread by Trump and other politicians, fossil fuel moguls, and the general backlash against environmentalism that has raged for decades.

Some of it rises from NIMBY-ism (not in my backyard). Transmission for that much energy is going to touch a lot more people’s “backyards” than the old energy system—that was mostly placed in poor communities of color, where polluted air and water still contribute to illness and premature death.

The NIMBY folks in rural America have a right to air their concerns and the right

Tension exists within all progress. Individuals’ rights clash with each other and with the common good.

Thus, as much as I try to tune out his voice, I couldn’t help hearing Trump’s malarkey about renewable energy, specifically, windmills. The former president claims that they are expensive, but according to a recent Bloomberg article, “It now ‘unequivocally’ costs less to build new renewable energy projects than to operate existing coal plants.”

Trump claims turbines “kill all the birds.” Wind turbines do kill an estimated 300,000 birds annually, but far less than the billions killed by cats, millions killed by fossil fuels plants, and millions by other building collisions (per a New York Times fact check). Not to mention the number of birds threatened by habitat destruction and migration disruption caused by global warming.

He claims “environmentalists love” wind, which may be true, but it’s market forces, not just environmental movements, that are driving the rise in renewables. Seventy-seven percent of all new electricity generated in the U.S. last year was renewable, even before new climate-friendly legislation had taken effect (Bipartisan Policy Center). In short, Trump is blowing hot air about wind.

Honestly, building out our clean energy infrastructure, whether from wind, solar, or other renewable sources is complicated. To meet climate goals, we need to electrify as much as we can. But increasing generation without corresponding transmission capacity will give us a lot of clean energy with nowhere to go. We need to do both for clean, reliable, and affordable energy. We have the technology and the market drive, and, thanks to sweeping climate legislation, the financial incentives are in place. But to build it, governments at the local, state, and federal level have to work together in good faith with people in all the places the grid needs to expand to get clean energy where it needs to go.

to not be fed lies by powerful opponents of clean energy with their own agendas. They need to hear what the actual risks are and the other side of the story as well. With so much to gain in community improvements, trust is needed for all parties. Promises must be kept and harm mitigated, whether anticipated or not

One concern that opponents raise is that large renewable projects will send property values plummeting. Others worry that wind and solar will change their view and alter their landscape. One might argue that America’s landscape has undergone alteration for centuries, often to the detriment of indigenous peoples, as prairie was transformed to farmland, mountains were blasted to build roads or mine coal and minerals, and railroads transected nature and sovereign nations.

Later, electric wires spread across the countryside. The conflicts over energy aren’t new; a farmer in Crawford County, Ohio, facing neighborhood opposition to a wind project on his land, recalled his grandfather telling him about people cutting down utility poles when rural electrification came to the county in the 1930s.(New Hampshire Bulletin Energy + Environment).

Tension exists within all progress. Individuals’ rights clash with each other and with the common good. Humans on this land before us did not have the luxury of this debate. Nor do people living near polluting energy who still fight for clean air and water. The decisions made on farms in the heartland impact them too. Taking a breath and listening would be good for us all.

Cathye Williams serves as volunteer and media liaison for the Grand Traverse and Manistee chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. She writes from the northern corner of Manistee County

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Ancient Arts

Yvonne M. Keshick’s eyes brighten with excitement when she remembers the first time she ever designed and crafted quill art more than half a century ago.

“I was very shy and couldn’t go looking for a job,” recalls the 76-year-old Harbor Springs resident and member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. “But JFK and LBJ started a jobs program, and I joined. I was sent to work in a store, the Ottawa and Chippewa Arts Co-op.”

There she met Susan Shaganaby, an elder who taught her the art of making items from porcupine quills, white birch, spruce, cedar, and other natural items.

“I worked as kind of an apprentice with her for six years,” says Keshick. “I liked it right away. It took me a week to make my first quill box. I showed it to her and she said, ‘Well, it looks pretty good,’ and she put it in a display case at the store. I went for lunch and when I came back, it was gone.”

It was the first of thousands of items Keshick has crafted and sold over the decades. Throughout the years, her talents were vital during tough financial times. “Quillwork was subsistence work,” says Keshick. “[The money] came in handy when we wanted to turn the lights on.”

Art and Heritage

The act of adorning personal items with dyed porcupine quills is an art form that predates the era of glass beads. Quillwork takes a great deal of patience, as each individual quill has to be dyed, sized, and then carefully attached in its proper spot. The quills are small, thin, sharp, and more delicate than beads. Quilled items are also more difficult to care for than beaded or leather works.

Some tribes used quillwork to signify social status; for example a war shirt might

express a tribe, along with a warrior’s rank and his exploits. But the quills were also used to make functional baskets that held all types of foods, herbs, and other goods. Items such as dolls, bags, and knife sheaths also feature intricate, colorful embellishment, often with geometric designs. “People like wolves, bears, and other predators,” says Keshick. “And they like the floral ones too.”

Unlike painters or sculptors, quill artists have found it increasingly difficult to obtain the items needed for their creations. Keshick gathers her materials—mostly quills, white birch, and sweet grass that she picks from a spot in Cheboygan County—a year in advance.

“I use roadkill,” explains Keshick, who can get about six weeks worth of quills from a single porcupine pelt. “Ten years ago there was an epidemic [among porcupines], and a lot of them died. And the tribe put a moratorium on taking porcupines.”

It’s not unusual for her to return from a shopping trip or an errand and find a pelt on her porch, dropped off by a friend who knew she would treat it with respect and create something of beauty.

“People we know let us pick the birch,” she says, noting that “native birch are dying off from a beetle. It’s getting harder [to find materials].”

Despite the challenges, Keshick still makes her own designs and teaches others the intricate art of quillwork, passing on knowledge to younger generations of tribal members. Her classes usually have 10 or 12 students, and over the years, she’s taught hundreds of students, including her four children.

Even though her work has been slowed by carpal tunnel pain, Keshick currently has a special project in mind. “I’m going to make my own urn for my ashes,” she says. But until then, she plans to continue with the art that

has been so important to her and others for so many years.

“I just fell in love with it,” says Keshick, who is preserving her heritage with each and every piece she crafts. “Funny—it still takes about a week for me to do a quill box. A quill bracelet, a couple of days.”

All in the Family

Evidence that artistry runs in the family, beadworker Pauline Walker is Keshick’s older sister. She’s 77 and learned how to create beautiful, functional items during one of the darkest times of her life.

“I learned at the boarding school,” she recalls. “The nuns and the elders taught us.”

She and hundreds of other Odawa children were taken to Holy Childhood of Jesus in Harbor Springs. According to reports, it started as a mission school in conjunction with the tribe and the local Catholic Church. But federal policies toward tribes changed, and by the 1880s, the boarding schools were more like prisons than places of learning. Indigenous languages and dress were forbidden, and students were punished and beaten for practicing their culture.

“We were beaten when we were bad and we were beaten when we were good,” says Walker, her voice growing softer as she recalls the eight painful years that she and Keshick attended the school.

One of Walker’s creations, a four-inch orange and black doll swaddled in black and hanging from a black lanyard, is done in honor of the survivors of the harm done at the Harbor Springs school, which didn’t close until 1983.

“It’s a reminder of the boarding school survivors,” she says. “Orange is a survivor color.”

But she also crafts other creations, like bracelets, key charms, chokers, pouches, and phone bags. Her palette includes mostly

black, red, white and yellow beads. “Four colors of the people, four seasons, four emotions,” she explains.

The Next Generation

Aanzhenii Bigjohn, 26, got her love of beadwork from a revered family member.

“I am Odawa and Ojibwe and a Grand Traverse Band member,” she says. “I remember asking my Grandma Dee to teach me how to bead when I was seven [or] eight. She started me off with one needle. I would bead little things, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager when I started to take it seriously. I knew I wanted to bead and to be good at it. Beading is a good way to feel connected to my culture.”

With her Odawa and Ojibwe background, Bigjohn leans toward floral creations. “We tend to represent florals; every tribe has their own representation,” she explains. “I’m more comfortable beading florals because that’s what I grew up beading, and it’s also my favorite thing to bead.”

Bigjohn, who moved to Milwaukee four months ago, has a Facebook page, “Aanzhenii's beadwork,” where she posts projects and can be contacted. The most common things people request are logos of their favorite sports team—she’s done the “Old English D” of the Detroit Tigers and helmet logos for the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

“I like when I get an order that tests me and makes me think twice,” she says. Whatever the project, beadwork takes time, but that doesn’t bother Bigjohn. “It’s something that I don’t think about. I guess when you find pleasure in doing something, the time just flows. I never noticed how much patience it took until someone mentioned it. Whenever I’m beading, I stop often to admire the work and sparkle of the beads.”

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Local quillwork and beadwork artists share their histories, inspirations, and creations


The very same day as the Great Chicago Fire, another blaze ripped across northern Michigan, destroying nearly two-thirds of Manistee, among other Up North towns

Every schoolchild knows the tale of how Mrs. O’Leary’s cow (supposedly) kicked over a lantern in a Chicago barn, igniting one of the most famous fires in American history.

While the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is a well-known tale, few, it seems, are familiar with the fires that broke out almost simultaneously that same warm autumn day along Lake Michigan’s east coast and beyond. Surrounded by parched forests, Holland, Manistee, and Grayling suffered equally terrible fires with flames fanned by high winds. The fires swept across the state, all the way to Lake Huron.

Fires, in fact, raged across the Midwest that fateful October—in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. When the fires were finally extinguished, more than 1,700 people had died and millions of acres of forest land were reduced to charcoal. The exact death toll from the Michigan fires is unknown, but estimates put that number above 500 lives.

Despite the Chicago fire’s notoriety, the deadliest blaze actually occurred in the booming lumbering town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. As Chicago’s business district burned, a firestorm raged in the northern

Wisconsin woods, killing more than 1,200 people and destroying 2,400 square miles— about 1.5 million acres of woods, farms and villages. The area that burned was roughly twice the size of Rhode Island.

Fire Comes for Manistee

In northwestern Michigan, Manistee, also a town built on the lumber industry, and Grayling, barely a settlement on the Au Sable River, fared the worst. Because the fires started during the day, they claimed fewer lives in Michigan but destroyed far more land and timber than in other states.

Then a remote town in the wilderness, Manistee was home to about 3,500 people and had been incorporated as a city just two years before the fire. The first sawmill was built in 1841 and lumbering was the bustling city’s main industry. The majority of commercial buildings, mills, and houses were constructed from lumber. Despite its relative prosperity, Manistee, located on an isthmus between Manistee Lake and Lake Michigan, was 80 miles from any railroad and without telegraphic communication. News came from the ships arriving in the harbor. According to historical accounts, published in The Manistee News Advocate

during the 150th anniversary of the event, a fire broke out in the city’s Fourth Ward around 9am that Saturday, Oct. 8, where “an old chopping was burning furiously, and threatening destruction of that part of the town.” The fire continued throughout the day but was eventually subdued, sparing that section of Manistee.

Around 2pm, another alarm sounded, this time from the east side of Manistee Lake, and “through the thick smoke it was discovered that the large steam mill of Magill & Canfield, on Blackbird Island (a northeast jut of Manistee Lake), was in flames. In an incredibly short space of time, mill, boarding house, stables, shops, docks and lumber were consumed.”

And then at 9:30pm, as people were returning from evening church, there was yet another alarm.

“Down the circling hills on the lakeshore pounced on the devouring monster. The burning sawdust, whirled by the gale in fiery clouds, filled the air,” recalled Gen. Byron M. Cutcheon, an educator, Civil War veteran, and an attorney, who gave an account of the day’s events to a Grand Rapids newspaper. “Hundreds of cords of dry, pitchy slabs sent up great columns of

red flame that swayed in the air like mighty banners of fire, swept across Manistee, two hundred feet wide, and almost instantly, like great fiery tongues, licked up the government lighthouse, built at cost of nearly $10,000 and situated a hundred and fifty feet from the north bank of the river.”

First-hand accounts recalled pandemonium, with adults and children fleeing in their night clothes or halfclothed on foot and in wagons. Families were separated; Cutheon rushed to his home only to find it deserted, and “for nine hours he could get no word on whether his family were dead or alive.”

Formula for Disaster

So what set off so many deadly fires at once? In the weeks leading up to the fires, there had been a fairly severe drought across the Great Lakes region, with a handful of fires here and there. There are accounts of a hazy, dense smoke in the air over the region for days leading up to the early October fires.

“These were apparently exacerbated by a strong, early fall storm system, similar to the kinds of storms that have wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes with their intense winds,” says Faith Fredrickson,

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This photo was taken near the corner of Maple and River streets in Manistee a short time before the Great Fire of 1871. As can be seen, Daniel Hornkohl, Andrew Jack, and Frank Tuxworth are identified in the photo. (Manistee County Historical Museum photo)

meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord, noting the storms were similar to the one that sank the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior in 1975.

“Many accounts from that [October 1871] event indicate there were very strong south to southwesterly winds during the October seventh through ninth timeframe, when the fires were most devastating and widespread … further supporting the idea of a strong storm system to our west,” she says.

Scientists and historians agree that the weather conditions, coupled with the dead tree limbs and underbrush growth (read: kindling) that were left in the wake of clearcut forests near lumber towns, provided the perfect formula for disaster.

“At that point in time, they were experiencing a really warm, dry autumn,” says Mark Fedder, executive director of the Manistee County Historical Museum. “It was an extremely windy day and with all the growth, dryness, and trees, a spark goes up … and then it almost becomes like a tornado.”

In the end, about two-thirds of Manistee was destroyed and some 1,000 people were left homeless. Countless residents lost their belongings and witnessed their homes going up in flames. Insurance estimates placed the overall damage at about $1 million. The destroyed structures included businesses, houses, churches and sawmills. The eastern side of the city, now known as Maxwell Town, escaped destruction.

“The scene was grand and terribly beyond description,” Cutcheon recounted to the Grand Rapids newspaper. “To us, whose homes and dear ones and all were in the track of the fire, it was heart-rending. Then came a deluge of fire like that rained on the cities of the plains. The wooden town, the sawdust streets, the empty vacant lots, the pine clad hills north of the river, all burst into a sea of flame, made furious by the most fearful gale wind I have ever experienced.”

No images exist of Manistee during the fire or in the days afterward. Photographs following

the Chicago fire show people living in crude lean-tos. In Manistee, there were newspaper accounts of the construction of small-frame buildings that were used until money was available for more substantial housing.

Learning from the Past Recovery took a few years, although there reports of some residents rebuilding almost immediately. Some businesses rebuilt with wooden structures, as there were still mills in the area operating and providing lumber, but brick buildings began emerging in 1873. Eventually, the city stipulated that any new buildings along River Street must be constructed of bricks.

“I would say because of that stipulation that commercial buildings along River Street had to be brick is why have River Street today and its beautiful Victorian architecture,” Fedder says. “It’s one of the biggest positives to come out of that destruction. A more beautiful community arose.”

The fire also taught another invaluable lesson—the need for a permanent fire hall

and staff. At the time of the fire, Manistee’s fire department was all volunteer and operated out of a rudimentary building.

“After the fire, we realized we needed something more permanent and a full time staff to fight fires, rescues, and so forth,” Fedder says.

That fire hall, built in 1888-1889, still stands on First Street. The two-story, pressed-brick and cut-stone structure remains in operation, and in 2019 it was awarded the title for the oldest continuously manned operating fire station by Guinness World Records.

“There’s a lot of interest about the fire, especially in the summer season when we have a lot of people coming in the door who heard there was a big fire in Manistee and want to know something about it to some degree,” Fedder says. “People have their own theories about what caused it. You could talk till you’re blue in the face trying to figure it out. It’s just very odd

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that they all [took] place at the same time. It’s those dry conditions that created the ‘perfect storm.’” A portion of The Manistee Times front page of Oct. 11, 1871 after the Great Fire. (Manistee County Historical Museum photo) The Great Fire of 1871 is recognized at Orchard Beach State Park as being on the State Register of Historic Places.
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Creative License

Turn-of-the-century photographer Orson Peck and his postcards

All images courtesy of Traverse Area District Library Local History Collection

Before there was Photoshop or any other image-altering technology, there was Traverse City’s own reality revisionist, Orson Peck.

Born in 1875, Peck was a self-taught photographer with a sharp wit and a keen eye. Starting around 1890, he built a bustling business creating and selling postcards that featured the Grand Traverse region. It is estimated he produced hundreds of different postcards of northern Michigan scenes, and the overwhelming number of them were tweaked by Peck.

For example, Peck was never satisfied with a stunning sunrise photo of Grand Traverse Bay or Boardman Lake. He’d sneak in a sailboat, maybe two or three or more. Or a flock of ducks or some early morning swimmers would be testing the waters.

“Peck did things other postcard makers

of his time did—manipulating images to enhance certain elements, drawing caricatures, and seeking out popular places to photograph,” says Richard Fidler, a Traverse City historian.

“At the same time, he was an artist—as many photographers are, I believe. Some of his work is beautifully done, scenic views and pictures of well-known buildings. Of course, his comical ‘A’m not luny, only just spoony’ postcard showing a couple in front of the Traverse City State Hospital always makes me laugh.”

The Postcard Phenomenon

Peck was born in Saginaw and came to Traverse City with his parents in 1888. His father was a conductor on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and young Orson decided very early that he wasn’t going to work for the railroad like his father. He fell in love with photography, almost to the exclusion of everything else.

After a courtship and brief marriage to Ida Mae Peck that produced one son and

ended in divorce, he lived alone at his house at 807 Washington Street, where he created postcards in a home studio.

Traverse City landmarks such as the Park Place Hotel, Central United Methodist Church, Ford Island (now Power Island), Clinch Park, the State Hospital, Old Mission Peninsula, and more were all subjects of Peck’s camera. When he first started, he used a bulky large view camera on a wooden tripod with glass plate negatives, but he kept improving his camera gear over the years.

“Peck kept up with technology, starting with view cameras, adopting smaller handheld cameras and seeking out the best color processors, especially those in Germany before World War I,” explains Fidler.

But why postcards? The answer lies in the fact that for millions of people early in the 20th century, the simple postcard was how they stayed in touch with friends and family. There was e-mail, no texting, and very few telephones, and the reduced postage made postcards cheaper than sending letters.

In 1907, the government allowed

privately produced postcards to bear messages on the left half of the card’s back. Before then, all such private notations had been banned. This change in messaging ushered in the period known to postcard collectors as “The Golden Age of Postcards” from 1907 to 1915, per the Smithsonian. According to the New York State Library, the U.S. Postal Service recorded more than nine hundred million mailed postcards in 1913 alone (Bassett 2016).

During much of this time, German printers dominated the printing market for postcards, and even Peck had his cards printed in Germany. But when World War I broke out in 1914, production was quickly claimed by American printers, who did not have the same skills or technologies as the Germans. The Golden Age was tarnished when the quality of postcards fell, and many lost interest in collecting them.

The Local Touch

One of Peck’s most infamous postcards, “Front Street Looking West,” shows

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downtown Traverse City’s Front Street in 1906, complete with a horse and buggy, the landmark Traverse City State Bank towering in the background, and an eastbound trolley car rolling along its tracks. The only problem is there was never any trolley car running on Front Street—that was only in Peck’s imagination. It’s believed the card was part of a campaign to promote trolley transit in TC.

While the trolley car never came to pass, Peck seems to have glimpsed into the region’s future craft beer industry, brew pubs, and wineries. His “Does Traverse City Look Dry to You?” postcard features a pair of inebriated pals strutting and staggering down Front Street.

“Speed Boat Race at Traverse City, Mich.” captures the excitement of racing crews powering across the waters of Grand Traverse Bay with a view of the downtown in the background. But the boats, their crews, and their frothy wakes were all added by Peck.

“Chas. Augustine, Traverse City’s aviator making a flight over the City,” portrays an early airplane overhead sometime in 1910. But the plane never flew, although Augustine made great strides in starting an airplane manufacturing business in TC, according to the Traverse Area District Library.

Peck was an enthusiastic supporter of the Grand Traverse region, and that’s portrayed in “I Spend My Summers in Cherryland Why Don’t You?”, showing a winding road along West Grand Traverse Bay with a robin and cherries added.

At times during Peck’s career, he hired assistants to help with the postcard production. “He was a perfectionist,” said

Norma McCotter, who worked for Peck during the 1930s, according to one published report ( “He would spend hours, sometimes even days, getting the picture he wanted.”

“He was a nice man to work for,” she noted. “But a stickler for quality. The only time he ever scolded me was one day when I made some mistakes while trying to turn out the cards too fast. He told me he was scolding me not because I made them, but because of why I made them. ‘Remember,’ he told me, ‘In this shop we turn out quality, not quantity.’”

In his later years Peck became somewhat of a recluse. He died on Jan. 15, 1954, and is buried in Traverse City’s Oakwood Cemetery.

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Experience the Mystery

From the haunted to the historic, here are five tours and attractions you won’t want to miss

’Tis the season for mysterious and spooky fun. No, it’s not Halloween, and there are no headless horsemen or Great Pumpkins rising from the pumpkin patch. But thanks to the fascinating histories and spooky legends of northern Michigan, it’s always the season for exploring the outré side of the area.


In Mackinaw City, Mystery Town USA brings to life (or afterlife) legends and creepy historical oddities. The walk-through adventure was inspired by the vintage roadside Americana attractions of yesteryear, albeit with today’s technology. Rotating portals to other realms and underwater passages will take visitors to the Unicorn Forest, Area 51, and beyond.

One of the notable displays is that of the Michigan Dogman, a local legend so popular it has been the subject of songs, podcasts, and even several films. The Dogman is a large, amber-eyed biped with the head of a dog and torso of a man. The first sightings date back to 1887 in Wexford County, when two lumberjacks claimed to have seen such a creature. Fifty years later, a man was attacked by a pack of wild dogs in Paris, near Big Rapids, and said one of them walked on two legs. Various other reports have come from Allegan County, Manistee, and Cross Village.

While the Dogman is Michigan’s own, Mystery Town USA includes adventures such as the Bermuda Triangle, Pirate Treasure, Atlantis, King Tut’s tomb, Bigfoot, and everyone’s favorite, the Loch Ness monster.


Islands are often known for spooky tales and paranormal activities, and Mackinac Island is no exception. After a visit to Mystery Town USA, Take a quick ferry ride across the water to the island for a stroll with Haunts of Mackinac. Those interested in history, legends, and ghost stories are sure to find fun (and maybe a bit of fear) here.

Several of the island’s hotels and B&Bs carry with them accounts of hauntings, from footsteps in the hallways to furniture moving to specters of one sort or another. At the Grand Hotel, the tales include a man in a top hat playing the bar’s piano, while another is a woman in Victorian clothing who roams the halls. The shade of a man named Harvey is reported to haunt Mission Point Resort. Due to a broken heart, Harvey shot himself, and his body wasn’t discovered behind the hotel until six months later. (Some stories suggest he didn’t commit suicide but was murdered.)

The toys in the Kids’ Quarters at Fort Mackinac—the oldest building in the state— always get put away neatly at night, yet staff sometimes arrive in the morning to find the toys out of place as if they had been played with. “Lucy,” a young girl with curly hair wearing a light-colored sundress, has been seen following people on the staircase at Crow’s Nest Trail, peeking out the windows at Pine Cottage and on several occasions during Haunts of Mackinac tours.

Both Mystery Town USA and Haunts of Mackinac open later this spring.

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South of the bridge, you’ll find more haunted happenings. Take Chris Struble and his Petoskey Yesterday tour company. By day, Struble is a mild-mannered jeweler in the gaslight district of Petoskey. By night, he becomes the city’s “Ghost Docent.”

When the city asked Struble to take on the role in addition to leading Hemingway tours, he began delving into that side of the city’s history. “It was a rough and tumble town,” says Struble, and one with a rich history, from its original indigenous inhabitants to its days as a center for the lumber industry.

Struble’s Haunted Petoskey tour takes guests to supposed hotspots of supernatural activity include City Park Grill, with speakeasy tunnels beneath the building where illicit liquor was brought in; the Terrace Inn in Bay View, where any number of guests have experienced paranormal activity (see page 16 for more on that!); and the Perry Hotel, where staff and guests have seen a number of oddities.

Several of Perry Hotel’s stories are centered on the Noggin Room, the downstairs bar at the Perry. Struble tells us a tale of three staffers who had left beer taps to soak in a pitcher of soda water. Upon hearing a noise after they’d just locked up, they returned to find the pitcher was now half full—with a book shoved in it—and no water had been spilled.

Other frightful sights include appearances by young children dressed in Victorian-era clothing. “Nobody ever feels alone in the Noggin Room,” Struble says.


History or mystery? It’s definitely the former at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Kate Angove, part of the administrative team at the Minervini Group, says the tours of the former State Hospital are meant to be educational and honor the people who worked there and the patients rather than seek out any sort of spectral visitations.

“We do historical tours. The hospital has a unique history,” she says, noting that the tour hosts are extremely knowledgeable about the property and its past.

Which isn’t to say the tours don’t have a bit of creepiness about them. That’s perhaps especially true of the twilight tours, which include an excursion into the basement of a former Men’s Ward Cottage as well as the underground steam tunnels. “They were originally filled with steam pipes. It’s how the property was heated and cooled,” says Angove. “They’ve now been removed and you can stand up in them. It’s a neat feature of the tour.”

The 90-minute tours—both the daytime walking tour and the twilight tour—showcase the history of the Village, which opened as Northern Michigan Asylum in 1881. It was one of four Kirkbride Buildings in the state, with wings extending from a central point, all receiving sunlight and fresh air. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1985. Ray Minervini purchased the property in 2002, and his company has been working since then to restore the historic structures.


Back on the creepy side of the street, Desirae Dine is only too happy to provide patrons a glimpse of the supernatural. Haunted Traverse is geared toward visitors who want to “explore the thrilling side of Traverse City,” as the website says. The TC tours are an offshoot of the Halloween-time Ghost Farm of Kingsley Haunted Trail.

“I always thought Traverse City would be a great place for a haunted tour,” says Dine. “We wanted to do a different take: historical, highlighting downtown Traverse City, and bringing to light the people that were here before us.” Dine and her fellow guides dress for success, with attire that nods to steampunk.

“The history of Traverse City is very centered on the paranormal,” Dine adds, noting Wiccan beliefs and civilizations that predated the arrival of Europeans, including Native Americans and mound builders. Among the highlights is the haunted Traverse Hotel, which was located at Front and Union, where there have been reports of hauntings in the basement.

Dine tells us the goals for a tour are to offer a look at the ghost lore in the area to Traverse City’s guests, showcase the history of the Traverse City area, and represent northern Michigan with honor and enthusiasm. She says the tours tend to attract more visitors than locals, but who wouldn’t like to know more about the spirits who may walk among us?

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Photo by Christian VanAntwerpen

A Taste of the Past

Petoskey’s 1911 Restaurant transports you to Victorian Michigan

Mystery is the name of the game at Petoskey’s historic Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant. With more than a century of life in its walls, the building’s authenticity, worldclass cuisine, and supernatural rumors keep guests coming back year after year.

“It was very ahead of its time,” Michigan Hemingway Society president, Chris Struble, says of the original Terrace Inn. State-of-the-art amenities (at least for the time period) made it easier for the inn to age gracefully through the decades. “Even with all the renovations that have taken place, [both the inn and the restaurant] still have that feeling of stepping back into the early 1900s.”

(As for whether it’s actually haunted? We’ll let you be the judge.)

A Century of History

Named for its parcel’s terraced descent down to Little Traverse Bay, the Terrace Inn and its attached eatery—now known as 1911 Restaurant—were first established when affluent banker William DeVol and his wife, Josephine, chose to expand their Bay View cottage property by purchasing the land behind it. With that land came a small bed and breakfast.

The original building, though, was in such disrepair that renovation was impossible. Consequently, the DeVols had to start from scratch, and by that winter, they had finished construction on the modern Terrace Inn. Billed as a luxury of its time, the hotel opened in 1911 and featured a host of modern amenities, like electric lighting and indoor plumbing. Other extravagant extras included call bells and customizable dining,

with dishes that could be served hot or cold (more on that in a bit!).

The inn’s Victorian-era tradition was a draw for Mo and Patty Rave, who purchased it in 2004. As veterans of the hospitality industry, the two couldn’t pass on the space’s rich history, whose lasting grip on Mo, in particular, took hold when he first stayed at the inn on a family trip in the early 1970s.

“Walking in was like magic,” he explains. “I never forgot it. It was amazing [then], and I think it still is.”

In order to maintain that tradition, the Raves have taken painstaking care in preserving the inn’s antique splendor. Each of its 38 guest rooms, for instance, feature Victorian-era fixtures, including dressers from 1911 and wrought-iron bed frames. In fact, says Patty, most of the Terrace Inn’s furniture dates to the Albert Pick & Co. package (est. 1857) that the DeVols themselves selected.

Historical details are just as deliberate in the attached 1911 Restaurant. Housed in the 2,000-square-foot space that once served as the Terrace Inn’s canteen, the eatery consists of an indoor dining room complete with historic buffet and seating, as well as a patio and covered terrace; all of which encompass the flavor of an early 20th century meal.

A Menu Inspired by the Past

That authenticity extends to the menu, which offers three courses for a fixed price (though guests are welcome to choose a la carte). The concept, says Mo, was inspired by the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, but also gives a nod to the Terrace Inn’s earliest dining format, wherein guests could elect to pay per meal—known as the “European Plan”—or select packages priced with their rooms.

Helmed by executive chef Andy Carlson, the restaurant’s menu rotates seasonally and features regional American recipes designed to please a diverse clientele. “We tried to have something for everyone,” says Mo—including both veggie and gluten-free options—while still maintaining the oldschool elegance upon which the Terrace Inn’s kitchen was built.

For Carlson, this means simple plates prepared to the highest possible standard. Of these, the Maple-Planked Whitefish ($33) is a standout, which chefs encrust in parmesan and serve alongside duchess potatoes with lemon and house-made caper aioli. “It’s a classic,” he notes. “[Guests] come back year after year for it.”

The Great Lakes Walleye ($35), is another bestseller, which is sourced from John Cross Fisheries (this is true of all of the restaurant’s freshwater proteins) and crusted in crispy lemon-panko with lemon beurre blanc and vegetable risotto.

Carlson also underscores the recentlyadded Bistro Filet ($42)—a buttery-rich Wagyu sirloin, char-grilled and served with a wine demi-glace—as well as the signature Schnitzel and Spaetzle ($35), which pairs pecan-crusted chicken breast with root vegetables and local cherry gastrique.

“You dine with your eyes before you eat,” he explains, “so, we’re bringing in all these techniques [and presentations] to encourage guests to linger a bit.”

Unlike their 20th-century counterparts, modern diners can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine with their meal, courtesy of the subtle but well-stocked bar the Raves installed in 2007. Other notable renovations include the dining room’s eye-catching chandeliers (all comprised of Austrian crystal) and freshly-

restored maple flooring. In the summer months, the eatery also offers live guitar music on the terrace.

“This is a destination for people to spend some time entertaining guests, having conversations, and actually enjoying their food,” says Carlson. “I think it makes sense for the facility to inspire that.”

A Brush with the Supernatural

For curious guests, Bay View is also a destination for supernatural activity. Established in 1875 as a Methodist revival camp, the area eventually blossomed into one of the country’s best-preserved Chautauquas (after the New York original), complete with dozens of cottages that date to the 19th century.

With more than a few deaths on its grounds, though formal records are incomplete, Struble says the place is “screaming haunted.” In the Terrace Inn building, ghost stories range from a pair of workers who perished in a construction accident to the owner William DeVol himself (there’s lore to suggest he passed in the building), who’s been spotted on more than one occasion peering out from an upstairs window.

The Hemingway Suite, so named for its décor, is also a supernatural hotspot, where more than one guest has reported a top-hatted figure appearing at the foot of the bed. In the basement, a presence named Elizabeth wreaks what Struble calls “helpful” mischief by warning guests of potential danger.

Other spooky phenomena include apparitions in old-timey clothing (in particular, a maid in the kitchen’s drystorage), disembodied piano music, and countless paranormal parties in the restaurant’s vacant dining room.

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In fact, Patty’s first ghost experience took place on an early night at the inn. “[Mo and I] were guests there before we bought it, and we heard footsteps in the third-floor hall,” she says. When they asked about their companion, though, the pair were told that they had been alone. “It was a little freaky, but intriguing!”

Skeptics and believers can agree that the space possesses a special history worth preserving for decades to come. “[It’s] one of my favorite places to [go] in Bay View,” says Struble. “I just love that you can get the true experience people would have had in that era. Not everyone has that opportunity.”

Find The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant at 1549 Glendale Ave., in Petoskey. (231) 3472410,

One-week sessions run June 19 - August 4

Registration is now open

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The DeVol family and staff gather on the front lawn and entry of the Terrance Inn. The Maple-Planked Whitefish The Waygu Sirloin
the Arts at Interlochen in a flexible day camp for local students ages 7-12. Interlochen
The modern-day 1911 Restaurant dining room.


CARNIVAL WEEKEND: Today is the Costume Contest at Disciples Overlook. There will also be live music all day at SkyBridge Michigan Stage, Mountain Express Base Stage, & The Back Forty Stage. Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Info:


HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING SHOW: 9am4pm, NCMC, Petoskey. Featuring about 70 booths with vendors showcasing home remodeling companies, outdoor living including landscaping & decks, home services & home-related businesses in finance, insurance & dog fencing. Home Depot will have a children’s building project on Sat. from 11am-3pm. $5 adults; free for 17 & under.

LEAPIN’ LEPRECHAUN 5K: 9am. This new route starts & ends on Lake Ave., TC. It takes you on a scenic route over the Boardman River & through residential neighborhoods with a short trip on the TART Trail. An after party will be held at Brady’s Bar. $35$40. LeapinLeprechaun5K

NUB’S NOB MARDI GRAS: 9am-4:30pm, Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs. Free Mardi Gras beads, face painting, balloon animals, food, costume contests, the Soaker Cup & much more. The Petoskey Steel Drum Band will be performing on the main deck outside Nub’s Pub. ----------------------

CELTS & KAYAKS: 9:30am, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Featuring the Kayaks on the Snow Race, Slush Cup, On-Slope Scavenger Hunt, look out for leprechauns skiing on the slopes & more. ----------------------

CARD MAKING WORKSHOP WITH SHAWN MCDANIEL: 10am-noon, Interlochen Public Library. Participants will be given three card kits with all the materials necessary to create three different cards. 231-276-6767.


OPEN STUDIO: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in free arts & crafts for the whole family.

TRAVERSE CITY BOAT SHOW: 10am8pm, GT County Civic Center, TC. Presented by Blue Water Promotions. $8 adults; $2 ages 6-15; free for ages 0-5.

FAMILY FUN WITH DRAGONS: 10:30am12:30pm, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. STEAM Event. Activities, crafts & stories.


LOCAL HISTORY VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION: 11am, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Become a citizen historian with TADL’s Local History Collection. Learn about the history of the LHC & what types of things are in the collection. Then learn the different roles you can play in helping to bring the content of this collection to the community.

MAPLEFEST: 12-3pm, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Watch sap being boiled to syrup on the evaporator at the Pavilion at the Grass River Center. Stop in to see the process of making maple syrup in action.

Ask staff questions & hike on the trail to see where they tap trees, hang buckets & lines, & collect sap. Register. Free.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA: 12-7:30pm, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs. Enjoy a Leprechaun Candy Hunt, Trail Side Bar by the Trout Pond, Irish Beer Release Party, live music by M119 Band under the tent, & more. ----------------------

VEGMICHIGAN GET-TOGETHER: Noon, Stone Hound Brewing Co., Williamsburg. Enjoy a 100% plant-based menu including wraps, burgers, bowls & snacks. Free. medium=referral&utm_campaign=sharebtn_savedevents_share_modal&utm_ source=link

30 NEO-FUTURIST PLAYS FROM “TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND”: 2pm & 7pm, Charming North, Downtown Cadillac. Thirty plays in 60 minutes. Presented by Cadillac Footliters. A madcap collection of mini-plays where the audience picks the order each night. $10$12.

HOPE WATER INTERNATIONAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING: 3pm, Fellowship Church, TC. Hope Water International is a non-profit organization created to bring clean & living water to many in Africa who are in need. Learn more about their efforts & how you can join. Please contact Carol Brown with questions: carolzbrown@yahoo. com

AURORA CHASING TIPS/ADVICE & BOOK SIGNING: 5-7pm, The Katydid, Petoskey. Join Melissa F. Kaelin as she teaches tips on chasing the Aurora Borealis! She will also be signing copies of her book, “Below the 45th Parallel: The Beginner’s Guide to Chasing the Aurora in the Great Lakes Region.” Free, but ticket required.

COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT: 6:30pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, TC. Enjoy popcorn, drinks, & balloons. See the Disney Pixar film “Up.” Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, & your favorite pajamas. Free. bethlehemtc. org/community-movie-night

AGED TO PERFECTION: SCREWBALLS & SUSPENSE: 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, Schmuckal Theatre, TC. The Old Town Playhouse’s Senior Reader’s Theatre presents an evening of laughter & menace. Three pieces will be read: the classic story of love & marriage - “The Philadelphia Story”; the thriller “Sorry Wrong Number”; & the new contemporary boardroom comedy “The Rosewood Art Society, established 1903.” No tickets required: Free will donations accepted.


IT OUT”: 7:30pm, Grand Traverse Event Center, TC. Two moms meet for coffee during naptime in their adjoining yards & a fast friendship is born. When a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard, asking if they would include his wife, the duo tries to become a trio, but with very mixed & surprising results in this comedy with dark edges. $18 (plus fees).

TUMBAO BRAVO: 7:30-9:30pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Theater, Petoskey. This combo presents the authentic rhythms of

Cuba with rich jazz harmonic. $25 members; $35 non-members; $10 students.


CARNIVAL WEEKEND: Today is the Slush Cup at noon at the Base of North McLouth. Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Info:

TRAVERSE CITY BOAT SHOW: 10am4pm, GT County Civic Center, TC. Presented by Blue Water Promotions. $8 adults; $2 ages 6-15; free for ages 0-5.


AGED TO PERFECTION: SCREWBALLS & SUSPENSE: (See Sat., March 18, except today’s time is 2pm.)


AUDITIONS FOR “MATILDA: THE MUSICAL”: 3-6pm, First Presbyterian Church, Cadillac. There are 25-40 roles available for adults & kids. Must be 10 years of age or older by Opening Night (June 16). Head to the audition hub to fill out the audition form before you arrive at auditions. For questions, email:

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SYMPHONIC SERIES: APPALACHIAN SPRING: 3pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. Featuring composer & conductor Jim Stephenson & Ken Larson, trumpet. $25.50 - $61.50. ----------------------

GLCO PRESENTS THE CUMMINGS QUARTET: 4pm, First Congregational Church of Charlevoix. Enjoy works by Felix

Mendelssohn, William Grant Still, Joaquin Turina & more. Free.


PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART: 9:3010:15am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Classroom, TC. Registration encouraged. $5. ----------------------

KID’S CRAFT LAB: SPIN ART: 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Salad spinner plus paint equals a great & imaginative work of art. Spin it up to experiment & see what you can create. Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.

AUDITIONS FOR “MATILDA: THE MUSICAL”: 6-8pm, First Presbyterian Church, Cadillac. There are 25-40 roles available for adults & kids. Must be 10 years of age or older by Opening Night (June 16). Head to the audition hub to fill out the audition form before you arrive at auditions. For questions, email:



TIME: 10:30am, Suttons

Bay-Bingham District Library. Stories, songs, & active fun. Free.

STORYTIME ADVENTURES: 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Featuring “Woolbur” by Leslie Helakoski. Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.

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CWIB LUNCHEON: 11:30am-1pm, The Talcott, Walloon Lake. Learn about Be Nice Sticker Company created by nine-year-old Natalie & her mother, Becky Babcock, as a way to spread kindness to others through stickers. $35 CWIB members; $40 all others. Includes lunch by Barrel Back - a salad & flat bread pizza buffet.


MONTH: Noon, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. The LWVGTA is presenting a free in-person event with three local women leaders. “Local Women Making History” will feature Ms. Brandie Ekren, executive director of Traverse City Light and Power; Michele Howard, director of TADL, & Rebecca Pierce, executive editor of the Traverse City Record Eagle.




TEER TRAINING: 4pm, Inland Seas Education Association, Suttons Bay. This will also be streamed online. Captain Ben, Captain Lily, & First Mate Rebecca talk about ship culture on Schooner Inland Seas. There will be info regarding chain of command, when to ask questions during a program, etc. Free.

PLACE: GOING BEYOND LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. Dinner at 5:30pm; 6:30pm presentation. This is an examination of the missional history & colonization of this region & European impact upon & relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of this geographic region. Presentation of the Land Acknowledgement adopted by the church will be presented. March 22: JoAnne Cook, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa. Free.

“SMOKEFALL”: 6pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center, Main Gallery. Parallel 45 Theatre returns to the Glen Arbor Arts Center with a dose of magical realism combined with manic vaudeville to create an unexpected family drama. $10.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING: 6:30pm, Ridge 45, TC. Relay For Life of Grand Traverse welcomes people interested in participating at their June event. This meeting will disclose the special activities, artists & speakers, & also recognize participants who have achieved fundraising goals. For info call 231-4092181. Free.


SPOTTER TRAINING: 6:30-8:30pm, NCMC, Borra Learning Center, Rm. 122, Petoskey. SKYWARN is a volunteer program of storm spotters that relay real-time weather info to the National Weather Service. You learn basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, info to report, how to report info, & basic severe weather safety. Register. Free. ncmclifelonglearning. com/event-5139381

EXPAND STORYTELLING: 7pm, The Alluvion, TC. Four storytellers invited from the NoMi community will take the stage to share their life stories around how they live for their everyday, how they came to find the little things that make them come alive,

& how they continue to expand their being from right here, right now. Storytellers include Tim Pulliam, Keen Technologies; Leanda Charles, Trinidadian Entrepreneur; Lizzie Lane, Hypnotherapist; Kristy Murphy, Writer. Tickets: $15 on Eventbrite or $18 at door. ----------------------


ULED DATE: 7pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Join the NCTA Grand Traverse Hiking Club Chapter & hear Deb Lannen share her experiences backpacking 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2020. Free.



ART: 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Salad spinner plus paint equals a great & imaginative work of art. Spin it up to experiment & see what you can create. Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.


UNTEER TRAINING: 4pm, Inland Seas Education Association, Suttons Bay. This will also be streamed online. Rachel, Trisha, & Jillian talk about program offerings, what to expect onboard the schoolship programs, & an overview of the program season. Free.



SERIES: 5-7pm, Korthase Bros. Sugarbush, 5180 Korthase Rd., Boyne City. Production on a medium scale (3,000 taps). Register. 231-582-6755. Free.

“SMOKEFALL”: 6pm, The Alluvion, TC. Parallel 45 Theatre brings a dose of magical realism combined with manic vaudeville to create an unexpected family drama. $0-$50.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: 7-9pm, Demmer Wellness Pavilion, Petoskey. A meeting for male allies interested in helping create safe & thriving communities. RSVP: 231-347-1572.


MORE TO EXPLORE: TODDLER GYM: 9:30am, noon & 2:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Drop into the Great Lakes Room anytime during the session & bounce, slide, roll & climb with the Toddler gym equipment.

STORYTIME AT LELAND TOWNSHIP LIBRARY: 10:30am, Leland Township Library. Stories & more for children aged 0-6 & their caregivers. Free.

31ST ANNUAL MARVAC RV & CAMPING SHOW: 11am-8pm, GT County Civic Center, TC. Cherry Capital RV is showcasing some of their most popular units. Includes motorhomes, teardrops, travel trailers, 5th wheels & more.

LUNCHEON LECTURE: SEASONS OF MACKINAC: 11:30am, NCMC, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. In-person presentation by Glen Young. Glen is a 40year seasonal resident of Mackinac Island & author of “Seasons of Mackinac.” He will

show you where the horses go when they leave Mackinac Island in the fall. He details the many changes from one season to the next. Register. $15; includes a buffet lunch.

COMEDY W/ STEWART HUFF: 7:45-9pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. Enjoy this storyteller at heart, who brings his clever material & personal wit. Huff was a finalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival & the 2016 Critics Choice of the Best Comedy at the Orlando Fringe Festival. $25-$30.



WALK: 9am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Find out who the first birds to show up in the spring are. Walk with an experienced birder. Pre-register. $5/person.


EXPERIENCE: Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. GLCM is presenting a 4th installation to the new, multi-sensory, Anishinaabeg Art Experience. Two sessions will be offered in celebration of the Spring Equinox: 9:3011:30am & 12-2pm. The artist, ishKode’s will share their evolution as an artist, including music & film from child to youth to adult. Free with Museum admission; reservations highly recommended.

OPEN STUDIO: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in for arts & crafts activities for the whole family. Free. ctac-petoskey/open-studio-march-25


RETRO DAY: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Show off your retro gear! The best dressed male & female will win a Crystal Mountain Swag Bag. Meet at the DJ tent on the Crystal Center patio at 2pm. DJ CDX will also be throwing it back to your retro favorites. Take part in the On-Slope Scavenger Hunt & Parking Lot Party (meet in Lot H between the Lodge & Crystal Center) for lawn games, dancing & more from 12-4pm.

COMEDIAN DUSTY SLAY: 7:30pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Seen on the Netflix comedy series The Standups, The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, & Comedy Central. Stand-up comedian Dusty Slay grew up poor on Lot 8 of a mobile home neighborhood in Opelika, Alabama, with a love for classic country & rock & a career history peppered with jobs like waiting tables & selling pesticides. $25, $35.

COMEDY W/ STEWART HUFF: (See Fri., March 24, except tonight’s time is 7:308:45pm.)

NEIL DIAMOND LEGACY: 7:30pm, The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee. This tribute show celebrates Neil Diamond’s extraordinary career with a concert with insights to both the music & the man. Not an imitation but a celebration of this artistry with vocalists & an all-star live band playing all the big hits. $30.

NEWBERRY & VERCH: 8-10pm, Dennos Museum Center, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. Incorporating traditions of home & hearth (his Missouri Ozarks & her Ottawa

Valley of Canada) in their music, Joe Newberry & April Verch have also toured across North America, Europe, & the U.K. Their CD “Going Home” was released to wide acclaim. $20-$30.


31ST ANNUAL MARVAC RV & CAMPING SHOW: (See Fri., March 24, except today’s time is 11am-5pm.)

WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE WORKSHOP: 2-4pm, Eastern Elementary School, TC. Learn how to throw, offense & defense movement, spirit of the game, & general rules. Free.



- EMERGING ARTISTS 2023: A COLLECTION OF NCMC STUDENT WORKS: Held in Atrium Gallery from through April 15. Work in glass, metals, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, illustration, video, & more will be on display. This exhibition is organized by NCMC faculty.

- YOUTH ART SHOW 2023 - PETOSKEY: Work by students working throughout CharEm ISD fill the galleries in this annual showcase. Runs March 18 - May 4. crookedtree. org/event/ctac-petoskey/youth-art-show2023-petoskey-opens-march-18


- “A RICH HISTORY: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS FROM THE MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART”: This exhibit highlights the growing legacy of important African American artists from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent art collection & features over 75 years of artistic excellence. Runs through April 2. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- “VITALITY AND CONTINUITY: ART IN THE EXPERIENCES OF ANISHINAABE, INUIT, AND PUEBLO WOMEN”: This exhibit celebrates some of the critical roles Anishinaabe, Inuit, & Pueblo women fulfill in their families, their communities, the art world, & beyond. Runs through May 19. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.


- A FERAL HOUSEWIFE: HELD IN THE LOBBY GALLERY. AN EXHIBITION OF collages by Leelanau County artist Mary Beth Acosta. Runs through April 21. Acosta uses simple, familiar tools & a range of recycled, vintage papers to create collages about midcentury housewives, big-finned cars, & laborsaving appliances that were promoted as drudgery-busting machines that would revolutionize the modern home. A video interview with Acosta about her materials & methods can be seen as part of the online version of this exhibition:

- TELLING STORIES EXHIBIT: Held in the Main Gallery. This juried exhibition about the power of visual storytelling runs through March 23. The GAAC’s exhibitors tell their own stories in the media of photography, fiber, clay, paint, wood, collage & more. The themes behind the Telling Stories exhibit are explored in two video interviews with three northern Michigan residents. Winter hours are Mon. through Fri., 9am-3pm, & Sat., noon-4pm.

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3/18 -- Luke Woltanski

3/24 -- Ty Maxon

3/25 -- Adam Sleder


3/18 -- DJ Ricky T, 10

3/24 -- Levi Britton, 8; DJ Ricky

T, 10

3/25 -- The Fabulous Horndogs, 7; DJ Ricky T, 10



3/18 – Stone Folk, 9:30

3/22 – The Pocket, 8

3/24-25 – E Quality, 9:30



3/20 -- Open Mic w/ Rob Coonrod, 6-9


3/24 -- Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory, 5-7


Tues. – Trivia, 8-10

Weds. – Aldrich, 9

Sun. – Karaoke, 8


3/18 & 3/25 -- Chris Smith, 8-11


3/23 -- John Piatek, 3-5

3/24 -- Chris Smith, 4-6


Fri.-Sat. -- Jim Hawley & Jeff Currie on keyboard, 7-10


3/18 -- TC Celtic, 4-7


Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano,


Fri. & Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 6-9


3/18 -- Themed DJ Sat.: College

Radio, DJ DizKriz, 8-11


3/18 -- Chris Sterr

3/24 -- Dave Crater

3/25 -- Mallory Brooke & Michael Hunter

Antrim & Charlevoix


Thu -- Sean Bielby & Adam Engelman, 6-9


3/18 -- Blair Miller, 6


3/18 -- John Piatek Duo, 7-10

3/25 -- Winter Music Series, 6-9


3/24 -- Darrell, 6:30-9:30


3/18 -- Hail Your Highness/Native World, 7

3/20 -- Big Fun Jam Band, 6

3/21 -- Open Mic & Musical Talent Showcase, 7

3/22 -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6

3/24 -- Jakey T, 7-9

3/25 -- StoneFolk, 7-9


Tues. – Trivia, 7-9


3/24 -- Comedy w/ Stewart Huff, 7:45-9

3/25 – Comedy w/ Stewart Huff, 7:30-8:45


3/18 -- Rolling Dirty

3/22 -- Redburn Rock Show

3/23 -- Skin Kwon Doe

3/24 -- Sloppy Lizzy

3/25 -- The Brother James Band

Leelanau & Benzie



3/19 -- Rigs & Jeels, 2:30-4:30


Sat. -- Karaoke, 10-1


Fri -- Open Mic Night Hosted by Andy Littlefield, 6-8


3/23 -- Live Music, 4-6:30



3/24 -- Nick Veine

3/25 -- Mike Struwin


3/18 -- Max Lockwood & Eric

O'Daly, 6:30-9:30

Thurs. -- Trivia Night w/ Host Tom

Kaspar, 7-9

3/24 -- The Bourdains, 6:30-9:30

3/25 -- Silver Creek Revival, 6:30-



3/24 -- Friday Night LIVE w/ Elizabeth Landry, 5:30-8:30


3/25 -- Blake Elliott, 5-8


3/18 – 31 Planes Release Party, 3; Tim Jones, 4

3/24 -- "Here Comes the Sun" Party: 60th Anniversary of the Release of The Beatles' First Album, 7-10


3/22 -- Cheryl Wolfram, 6-8

Otsego, Crawford & Central



3/18 -- Mike Ridley

3/24 -- Kenny Thompson


3/18 -- Clint Weaner, 7-10



3/18 – The Real Ingredients

3/25 – Peter Allen Jensen



3/18 -- John Paul 3/24 -- Blair Miller


3/18 -- Rod Loper

-- James Robnette

WALLOON LAKE EVENT CENTER 3/18 -- Jelly Roll, 7:30


3/18 -- Owen James Trio, 6

3/19 -- Eliza Thorp, 5



3/18 -- Chase & Allie

3/25 -- Chris Calleja


3/21 -- Jeff Greif, 5-8

Emmet & Cheboygan


3/24 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30



3/18 -- Eric Jaqua

3/25 -- Sean Bielby


3/24 -- Crosscut Kings


3/18 -- Ron Getz, 7:30-10:30



3/18 -- Kyle Brown

3/24 -- Dogwood Rhythm

3/25 -- Holly Keller

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): If we were to choose one person to illustrate the symbolic power of astrology, it might be Aries financier and investment banker J. P. Morgan (1837–1913). His astrological chart strongly suggested he would be one of the richest people of his era. The sun, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus were in Aries in his astrological house of finances. Those four heavenly bodies were trine to Jupiter and Mars in Leo in the house of work. Further, sun, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus formed a virtuoso "Finger of God" aspect with Saturn in Scorpio and the moon in Virgo. Anyway, Aries, the financial omens for you right now aren't as favorable as they always were for J. P. Morgan—but they are pretty auspicious. Venus, Uranus, and the north node of the moon are in your house of finances, to be joined for a bit by the moon itself in the coming days. My advice: Trust your intuition about money. Seek inspiration about your finances.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ): It’s an excellent time to shed the dull, draining parts of your life story. I urge you to bid a crisp goodbye to your burdensome memories. If there are pesky ghosts hanging around from the ancient past, buy them a one-way ticket to a place far away from you. It's OK to feel poignant. OK to entertain any sadness and regret that well up within you. Allowing yourself to fully experience these feelings will help you be as bold and decisive as you need to be to graduate from the old days and old ways.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your higher self has authorized you to become impatient with the evolution of togetherness. You have God's permission to feel a modicum of dissatisfaction with your collaborative ventures—and wish they might be richer and more captivating than they are now. Here's the cosmic plan: This creative irritation will motivate you to implement enhancements. You will take imaginative action to boost the energy and synergy of your alliances. Hungry for more engaging intimacy, you will do what’s required to foster greater closeness and mutual empathy.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio poet Richard Jackson writes, "The world is a nest of absences. Every once in a while, someone comes along to fill the gaps." I will add a crucial caveat to his statement: No one person can fill all the gaps. At best, a beloved ally may fill one or two. It's just not possible for anyone to be a shining savior who fixes every single absence. If we delusionally believe there is such a hero, we will distort or miss the partial grace they can actually provide. So here's my advice, Scorpio: Celebrate and reward a redeemer who has the power to fill one or two of your gaps.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Poet E. E. Cummings wrote, "May my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple." That's what hope and predict for you during the next three weeks. The astrological omens suggest you will be at the height of your powers of playful exploration. Several long-term rhythms are converging to make you extra flexible and resilient and creative as you seek the resources and influences that your soul delights in. Here’s your secret code phrase: higher love.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Let's hypothesize that there are two ways to further your relaxation: either in healthy or not-sohealthy ways—by seeking experiences that promote your long-term well-being or by indulging in temporary fixes that sap your vitality. will ask you to meditate on this question. Then I will encourage you to spend the next three weeks avoiding and shedding any relaxation strategies that diminish you as you focus on and celebrate the relaxation methods that uplift, inspire, and motivate you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Please don't expect people to guess what you need. Don't assume they have telepathic powers that enable them to tune in to your thoughts and feelings. Instead, be specific and straightforward as you precisely name your desires. For example, say or write to an intense ally, "I want to explore ticklish areas with you between 7 and 9 on Friday night." Or approach a person with whom you need to forge a compromise and spell out the circumstances under which you will feel most open-minded and open-hearted. PS: Don't you dare hide your truth or lie about what you consider meaningful.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Piscean writer Jack Kerouac feared he had meager power to capture the wonderful things that came his way. He compared his frustration with “finding a river of gold when I haven’t even got a cup to save a cupful. All I’ve got is a thimble.” Most of us have felt that way. That’s the bad news. The good news, Pisces, is that in the coming weeks, you will have extra skill at gathering in the goodness and blessings flowing in your vicinity. I suspect you will have the equivalent of three buckets to collect the liquid gold.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "The only thing new in the world," said former US President Harry Truman, "is the history you don't know." Luckily for all of us, researchers have been growing increasingly skilled in unearthing buried stories. Three examples: 1. Before the US Civil War, six Black Americans escaped slavery and became millionaires. (Check out the book Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills.) 2. Over 10,000 women secretly worked as code-breakers in World War II, shortening the war and saving many lives. 3. Four Black women mathematicians played a major role in NASA's early efforts to launch people into space. Dear Taurus, I invite you to enjoy this kind of work in the coming weeks. It's an excellent time to dig up the history you don't know—about yourself, your family, and the important figures in your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Since you're at the height of the Party Hearty Season, I'll offer two bits of advice about how to collect the greatest benefits. First, ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman says that mental preparation is the key to effective partying. He suggests we visualize the pleasurable events we want to experience. We should meditate on how much alcohol and drugs we will imbibe, how uninhibited we'll allow ourselves to be, and how close we can get to vomiting from intoxication without actually vomiting. But wait! Here's an alternative approach to partying, adapted from Sufi poet Rumi: "The golden hour has secrets to reveal. Be alert for merriment. Be greedy for glee. With your antic companions, explore the frontiers of conviviality. Go in quest of jubilation’s mysterious blessings. Be bold. Revere revelry."

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you have been holding yourself back or keeping your expectations low, please STOP! According to my analysis, you have a mandate to unleash your full glory and your highest competence. I invite you to choose as your motto whichever of the following inspires you most: raise the bar, up your game, boost your standards, pump up the volume, vault to a higher octave, climb to the next rung on the ladder, make the quantum leap, and put your ass and assets on the line.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): According to an ad I saw for a luxury automobile, you should enjoy the following adventures in the course of your lifetime: Ride the rapids on the Snake River in Idaho, stand on the Great Wall of China, see an opera at La Scala in Milan, watch the sun rise over the ruins of Machu Picchu, go paragliding over Japan’s Asagiri highland plateau with Mount Fuji in view, and visit the pink flamingos, black bulls, and white horses in France's Camargue Nature Reserve. The coming weeks would be a favorable time for you to seek experiences like those, Leo. If that's not possible, do the next best things. Like what? Get your mind blown and your heart thrilled closer to home by a holy sanctuary, natural wonder, marvelous work of art—or all the above.



1. Parody

6. Plunder

9. Word in some hotel names

13. Comic-Con topic

14. "King of the ___"

15. "Get going!"

16. Unforgiving

17. Antioxidant berry

18. "Pitch Perfect" actress ___ Mae Lee

19. Prevent using "solar" as a word?

22. United hub on the West Coast

24. Stand-up device in some bars, for short

25. "Everybody ___" (REM hit)

26. Place of higher learning to study bequeathments?

30. Decorative woodwork

31. Bohr who won a Nobel

32. 9-9, e.g.

35. Mossy fuel

36. Like a lot of gum

37. Chap

38. Commit a blunder

39. Cut gemstone feature

40. Word after Hello or Carpet in brand names

41. U.K. intelligence service's satellite branch in Florida?

43. Actress Julianne of "Dear Evan Hansen"

45. P-shaped Greek letter

46. East Indian lentil stew

47. Poetic structure that can only be written in pen?

51. "Der ___" (German for "The Old One", TV detective show since 1977)

52. "Field of Dreams" state

53. Rodeo rope

56. Snow day transport

57. Scottish family group

58. Like some expectations

59. Responsibilities, metaphorically

60. "Grand" ice cream inventor Joseph

61. "If ___ Street Could Talk"


1. Texting format initials

2. NBA coach Riley

3. Sneaky but strategic "The Price Is Right" bid

4. Shrek, notably

5. Bookstore section

6. Uncle in "Napoleon Dynamite"

7. Angela Merkel's successor Scholz

8. With a carefree attitude

9. Remain stuck

10. "I Only ___ the Ones I Love" (Jeffrey Ross book)

11. Without

12. Hardcore follower

14. Solo instrument in many Blues Traveler songs

20. Abbr. used for brevity

21. What Os may symbolize

22. Dating app motion

23. More luxurious

27. Back muscle, casually

28. Like notebook paper

29. Leno's longtime late-night rival

32. "Euphoria," "Pretty Little Liars," or "Degrassi," e.g.

33. App full of pix

34. Kind of alcohol used as biofuel

36. Tried to get along

37. "Despicable Me" main character

39. Kindle tablet

40. Reflexology specialty

41. Speedy two-wheelers

42. Guevara on countless posters

43. "The Fifth Element" actress Jovovich

44. Eight-member band

47. Shindig

48. "Truth be ___ ..."

49. Type of "out of office" message

50. "___ Kleine Nachtmusik"

54. ___ Aviv University

55. Took the bait?

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"An Existential Puzzle" --if you don't think, Matt Jones



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